Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome Back Pedro!

What a wonderful morning! Around 10:00 a.m. I glanced out my bedroom window and was greeted with a familiar face.  My friend Pedro, the Virginia Opossum, had returned!  Not seen since January 10th, the lil’ guy was sitting right outside my front door as if waiting for me.   Grabbing my camera, I ran downstairs and snuck out the back door.  Circling around to the front I was able to snap a photo before he saw me. 

It does my heart good to see my wee pal. With the bitterly cold weather I have been very concerned about him. Virginia Opossums are not native to Minnesota and often suffer frostbitten ears, feet and hairless tails. Thank goodness for all the brush piles and burrowing spots around Bon Bon Pond! Pedro seemed fine and in fact displayed a healthy appetite. He just adores the woodpeckers' peanut nuggets so I put a handful out just for him to enjoy.

Opossums are known as transitory mammals, moving around and rarely staying put in one place.  My Pedro appears to have “strayed from the norm” and settled in around these parts.  Lucky me!

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